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Click on the questions below to find answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


What is financial aid?

What is financial need?

I won't qualify for aid. Why should I fill out the FAFSA and/or PROFILE?

Is there a separate form for CIM Financial Aid?

Is the likelihood of being admitted to CIM greater if I do not apply for any Scholarship/Financial Aid?

How is CIM Scholarship and Financial Aid determined?

I haven't prepared my taxes yet, can I file my FAFSA?

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and should I use it?

Do I need to send CIM my tax returns?

What is the EFC?

What is the SAR?

Does CIM require the CSS Profile Form?

Can I increase my Work Study, or have it reinstated later in the year, if I originally declined it?

I said I wanted Work Study on my FAFSA, but it wasn't offered to me. Why not?

Will CIM expect me to pay the amount of my EFC?

How much will my parents be expected to contribute?

Are my parents responsible for my educational loans?

I am a parent interested in taking out a PLUS Loan - what do I need to do?

I am a parent, and am paying my child's tuition. Why can't I get information sent to ME?

I don't want to disclose my income or assets to CIM. Can my son/daughter get any scholarship/financial aid?

My parents do not and will not support me financially. Am I "Independent"?

When will I get my financial aid offer?

Can I appeal my aid offer?

Why do I have to complete loan counseling?

Will my financial aid be changed if I receive additional assistance from other sources?

Will my scholarship increase while I'm in school?

Will my CIM Financial Aid package fully cover my tuition?

Why is my Financial Aid offer so different everywhere I have applied?

Is any financial aid taxable?

Can international students get financial aid?

If I want to study abroad how will this affect my aid?

How does my course enrollment impact my aid eligibility?